• Oct 20, 2019 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time C



    29th Sunday in Ordinary Time   Cycle C

    Welcome children to their worship space.

    Ask them to get their carpet squares and sit down in a circle.

    Introduce yourself and your helpers.

    Introduce

                  Ask:  Does anyone remember the symbol for last week?  <the present>  We talked about how God wants us to say thank you for the gifts he gives us.

    Introduce symbol

    Say:  This is the symbol for this week (hold up the symbol), a telephone. 
    Ask:  How many people do you need to use a telephone?  <2>  What does each of these people do?  <one needs to talk and the other needs to listen>  God is always listening and often talking.  We need to learn to always listen and keep talking, too.  It takes both God and us to keep the line of communication open.

    Say:  Let’s look at the poster.  What does it say? <Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.>  This is our Responsorial Psalm for today.  The Responsorial Psalms also come from Scripture, from the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament.

    Ask:  What does the word “proclaim” mean?  Proclaim” means “to announce” or “to shout”.  God wants everyone to hear about the wonderful things he does!  How can everyone hear about them?  <if we tell them>

    Introduce readings
    We have two readings today.

    Say:  Let’s light the candle to show that we are ready to listen to the Word of God.

    Say: Today’s first reading is from the second letter from St.Paul to St.Timothy. (2 Tim 4:1-2) We have heard several readings in the last couple of weeks from St. Paul to St. Timothy.  At that time, after Jesus’ death and resurrection, there were many small faith communities all over the known world.  St. Paul had to rely on his letters to teach and encourage these communities of people.  Today, St. Paul would probably spend much of his time on the phone or on email trying to help people learn about and remember what Jesus taught.

    Have the reader read the first reading.

    Say:  What did St. Paul tell Timothy to do?  <to preach God’s message>  It is up to us to live the message of love and to share it with others.

    Say: Now it is time for the Responsorial Psalm.  Your part is to say:
    Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.

    Say:  Today’s Gospel reading is taken from the book of Luke (Lk 18:1-8).  Jesus tells a story about praying and never giving up.  He tells about a woman that feels that she was unfairly treated.  She kept talking to the person in charge until he finally did the right thing for her.  Jesus tells us that if people who are not very nice can still do the right thing – even if it is for the wrong reason – how much more will God do for us because he loves us?  Let’s see if that is what you hear in this reading. 


    Say:  Now we will stand to get ready to hear the Gospel
    (hold up card)  Alleluia, Alleluia.

    Have the reader begin: “a reading from the holy gospel.....”

    Read:  Read the Gospel

    Ask: What do you think?  Don’t you think God loves you as much as your parents do?  He always listens to your prayers – even if his answers are not the ones you are looking for.  What happens on the phone if you put down the receiver?  <no more communication>  To be open to God, we need to keep the line of communication open.  We need to keep listening even if we don’t like what we are hearing

    Ask children to add their names to the cutouts (phone receivers) provided.  Remind the children that we are making a poster for each Sunday and that they will sign a cutout and glue it on when they are here.

    Hand out the symbols to color. (The symbol is a telephone).  Ask the older children to write one thing they can do this week that will help them remember to talk to Jesus.
     
    Explain: Color this symbol of the telephone and bring it to the altar (don’t forget to put your name on the back!)  to show that we have learned about becoming more like Jesus.

    If there is time, ask questions and go over the lessons one more time to help the children remember.

    Give out stickers and hand-outs as they leave.

     
    Use this graphic for the small communal poster symbol

    Use this graphic for the banner symbol and for the Offertory symbol (and maybe discuss old-fashioned phones?  I might have to update this symbol!)





    Parent Letter

    Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time  C


    Dear Parents,

                  Today is the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.  The children listened to simplified versions of two of the same readings you did: 2 Timothy 4:1-2 and Luke 18:1-8.

    Symbol: Telephone

    To reinforce at home:
    For several weeks, we have been talking about faith and communicating with God.  Often we feel separated from God, that God doesn’t hear or speak to us.  God always listens and God always answers our prayers.  When we don’t hear, it is usually because we quit listening.  Our symbol today, the telephone, reminds us to keep our line open so that we can hear God speaking to us.
    Activities to do at home:
    *Talk to your child about different kinds of prayer.  Share a time when you feel that God answered a prayer of yours.
    *Make a prayer rock!  Find a small smooth stone that your child can decorate with magic markers and carry around to remind him or her to talk to God.


    Thank you for sharing your children!





    Parent Letter

    Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time  C


    Dear Parents,

                  Today is the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.  The children listened to simplified versions of two of the same readings you did: 2 Timothy 4:1-2 and Luke 18:1-8.

    Symbol: Telephone

    To reinforce at home:
    For several weeks, we have been talking about faith and communicating with God.  Often we feel separated from God, that God doesn’t hear or speak to us.  God always listens and God always answers our prayers.  When we don’t hear, it is usually because we quit listening.  Our symbol today, the telephone, reminds us to keep our line open so that we can hear God speaking to us.
    Activities to do at home:
    *Talk to your child about different kinds of prayer.  Share a time when you feel that God answered a prayer of yours.
    *Make a prayer rock!  Find a small smooth stone that your child can decorate with magic markers and carry around to remind him or her to talk to God.


    Thank you for sharing your children!


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